Telemedicine Offers Promising Results

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While many major hospitals have an onsite ophthalmologist to check premature infants for potentially devastating eye injuries, many hospitals in more rural or remote areas do not have the same resources. As a result, treatable conditions like retinopathy of prematurity can lead to permanent blindness of the staff does not know how to recognize and treat the condition.

Fortunately, a new form of technology has emerged that should help these facilities respond to and treat such conditions. Telemedicine involves taking digital readings of infant’s eyes, sending them to an offsite medical center and getting instant feedback about potential health dangers. The technology “could help save thousands of infants from going blind,” one of the researchers said.

 

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